Busted: Top 10 Biggest Storage Myths of All Time

Storage units — they’re like modern-day treasure chests, hiding away all our extra stuff, along with our secrets. But just like with any treasure hunt, there are plenty of myths and misconceptions surrounding storage units. It’s time to debunk the top 10 biggest storage myths of all time and set the record straight!

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1. Storage Units Are Only for Hoarders

Myth! Storage units are for everyone. Whether you’re downsizing, renovating, moving, or just need some extra space, storage units are the perfect space solution for decluttering your life.

2. Storage Units Are Dark and Creepy

Not anymore. The times are past when a storage facility was just an old man and his scary dog guarding a dusty and derelict spot. Many storage facilities are well-lit, have security cameras, and are as welcoming as your nan’s place. 

3. All Storage Units Are the Same Size

Wrong again. Storage units come in all shapes and sizes, from closet-sized lockers to spacious garage-like spaces. You can find the perfect fit for your needs, so you don’t have to pay for more space than you actually need.

4. You Can Store Anything Inside a Self Storage Unit

Although you can indeed store various items, there are certain things you cannot and should not ever place in a storage unit. 

The items listed below can jeopardise your stored items as well as any other storage units near yours in the facility:

  • Perishable goods (food and beverages)
  • Animals, insects, and plant life (no living creatures)
  • Flammable items 
  • Chemicals and biological agents
  • Stolen property 
  • Guns

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5. Storing Things Is Expensive

Storage units are surprisingly budget-friendly. Think about it; it’s way cheaper than renting a bigger home or office space. Plus, you can often find sweet deals and discounts. If you do your homework, you’ll find that self storage is one of the most affordable space options on the market!

6. Storage Units Are Only for Old Junk

You’d be amazed at what people store in their units — from vintage collectables to fancy furniture and even entire businesses! It’s not just about stashing grandma’s old furniture or putting away ancient family portraits you can’t bear to part with (Dorian Gray be damned).

7. Storage Units Are Only for When You Move

Storage units are a year-round thing. You can use them for seasonal items, hobby gear, or to keep your home clutter-free. Think of it like having an extra room for all your ‘just-in-case’ stuff. An off-site wardrobe that won’t leave you battling for space every day.

8. Storage Units Are Not Secure

Most storage facilities take security seriously. With high-tech surveillance cameras, on-site staff, and individual alarm systems, your items are often safer in a storage unit than in your garage. 

9. It’s a Hassle To Rent a Storage Unit

Renting a storage unit is as easy as ordering a pizza — probably even easier. You can usually do it online, pick up your keys, and start storing your stuff within minutes. No hassle, no fuss!

10. Storage Units Are a Mystery Box Perfect for Storage Wars

While we’ve all seen the dramatic storage unit auctions depicted on reality TV shows like “Storage Wars”, it’s crucial to remember that these portrayals don’t reflect the reality of most self storage facilities. 

In truth, the vast majority of storage facilities prioritise the security and privacy of their customers. Your items are stored in individual units with strict access control and security measures, making it highly unlikely for anyone to auction off your belongings without your knowledge or consent. 

When you rent a storage unit, your items are in good hands, and you won’t need to worry about a sudden surprise auction scenario. And any abandoned ones won’t contain hidden pirate gold or ancient relics. Sorry for any aspiring Indiana Jones out there!

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Where Can I Rent a Good Self Storage Unit?

When finding the perfect solution for your self storage needs, look no further than StorageWise. Our commitment to providing top-notch storage solutions is unmatched, making us the ideal choice for anyone seeking secure and convenient self storage options. 

Our customers give us 4.9 stars on Google Reviews, and we are a European Self Storage Association member. Join the countless satisfied customers who have trusted us with their storage needs and experience the difference today. Your valuable possessions deserve the best, and that’s precisely what we offer!

Have more questions about self storage? Our team is happy to answer them!

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